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Dr. Robert Cloud
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Rectal Abscess (Overview)

An infection localized to an area near the opening of anus. The swelling is usually a lump that is tender and warm to the touch. The treatment is to open and drain the boil.


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How fast can I make my rectal abscess go away?

How fast can I make my rectal abscess go away?

Rectal abscess: See a colo-rectal surgeon to determine how involved the abscess is. In addition to antibiotics, it probably will require incision & drainage. Size of the lesion, comorbid factors like diabetes, your general state of health & healing are all factors in how long it will take to go away. ...Read more

Dr. Robert Cloud
30 doctors shared insights

Rectal Abscess (Overview)

An infection localized to an area near the opening of anus. The swelling is usually a lump that is tender and warm to the touch. The treatment is to open and drain the boil.


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Are there usually many symptoms when you have rectal abscess?

Are there usually many symptoms when you have rectal abscess?

Yes: Pain, possible drainage/discharge, could have fever. I would recommend you are seen by your dr. ...Read more

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Treating a Skin Abscess (Checklist)

Clean the wound thoroughly
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If the wound is draining on its own, regularly change a dressing
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If it is not draining, or there is redness around it, see your doctor
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Treating a Tooth Abscess (Checklist)

See dentist ASAP
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Have the tooth removed
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Go to the emergency room if swelling hinders breathing
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How fast can I make my rectal abscess go away?

Rectal abscess: See a colo-rectal surgeon to determine how involved the abscess is. In addition to antibiotics, it probably will require incision & drainage. Size of the lesion, comorbid factors like diabetes, your general state of health & healing are all factors in how long it will take to go away. ...Read more

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Do lots of people get rectal abscess, or is it unusual?

Do lots of people get rectal abscess, or is it unusual?

Somewhat: Rectal abscess is not uncommon. Can be associated with conditions such as crohn's colitis and ulcerative colitis. Can be associated with a diabetic condition. Many however do not have a known cause. Antibiotics and sometimes surgery is indicated. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: rectal abscess?

What is the definition or description of: rectal abscess?

Boil around rectum: An infection localized to an area near the opening of anus. The swelling is usually a lump that is tender and warm to the touch. The treatment is to open and drain the boil. ...Read more

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Are there usually many symptoms when you have rectal abscess?

Yes: Pain, possible drainage/discharge, could have fever. I would recommend you are seen by your dr. ...Read more

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Any experience with a peri-rectal abscess recovery?

Any experience with a peri-rectal abscess recovery?

Varies: With the size and location of the abscess from a few days to 14 days and whether it was adequately drianed and whether there is an associated fistula. It definitely needs follow up if not resolved in a reasonable time. ...Read more

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Any experience with draining a peri-rectal abscess?

Perirectal: Abscesses are typically drained by a radiologist under ct guidance. See your doctor first. ...Read more

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Rectal abscess 3 weeks after groin infection could they be related?

Rectal abscess 3 weeks after groin infection could they be related?

Anything possible: It would be essential to know the entire history, including your underlying medical conditions and what the "groin infection" was. It is conceivable that the rectal condition antedated the groin infection and was its first manifestation. It would also be helpful to have a history of diverticular disease, colitis, sexual preferences and many other factors. ...Read more

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Why would an rectal abscess appear with no other medical problems/4 weeks after drainage of groin abcess much pus?

Why would an rectal abscess appear with no other medical problems/4 weeks after drainage of groin abcess much pus?

May be unrelated: Anorectal suppuration ( infection) may lead to groin infections ( abscess formation) as lymphatic drainage anal cannal is to groin it is possible an undetected anorectal infection may appear as groin abscess first and later anorectal abscess later. ...Read more

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Hubby has a small peri rectal abscess. It has gone away by itself several times and was drained once over 8 years. Is it ok to just monitor like b4?

Hubby has a small peri rectal abscess. It has gone away by itself several times and was drained once over 8 years. Is it ok to just monitor like b4?

Likely a fistula: Recurrent abscesses in the same position are likely due to a fistula which is a tunnel connecting the anus to the skin. It requires an operation to get it to heal permanently. It will likely continue to repeatedly come back. ...Read more

Dr. Theodore Davantzis
2,499 doctors shared insights

Abscess (Definition)

Occurs when one has an infection in a part of their body, and the infection is being surrounded and fought off by white blood cells, causing a lump of purulent whitish thick material (pus) ...Read more